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  • “It is heartbreaking,” 7 killed as storms hit several states

    Rescuers searched for survivors Sunday and authorities canvassed the damage after tornadoes and severe flooding killed at least seven people in four states. Also Sunday, the storm claimed its first fatality in Mississippi as it continued east, bringing the total of known dead to seven.The fatalities began on Saturday: Four were killed when at least three tornadoes touched down in east Texas, Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett said. Van Zandt County officials initially said at least five people had died. […]

  • Google CEO made nearly $200 million last year

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai received nearly $199.7 million in compensation last year, double the amount he made in 2015, according to a filing Friday from Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Pichai’s base pay was a mere $650,000. On top of that, he received a stock award for $198.7 million. The company’s compensation committee attributed the lavish pay to Pichai’s promotion to CEO and “numerous successful product launches.” Pichai, a longtime Google executive, took over as CEO as part of a corporate […]

  • New York’s most luxurious public restroom just got a $300,000 makeover

    NEW YORK – New York has plenty of opulence. In Manhattan, you can order up a $1,000 ice cream dish at Serendipity 3, shell out $7,500 for a bottle of champagne at a nightclub, or spend $75,000 to stay in an extravagant penthouse hotel suite. But for visitors to Bryant Park, which is nestled between Midtown skyscrapers just beyond the New York Public Library, a certain level of luxury is free to enjoy in a place where you’d least expect […]

  • The LA riots: 25 years later

    Chang Lee gripped his fingers tighter around the gun and screamed at potential looters from the rooftop of the small strip mall where he stood. The 35-year-old had never held a firearm before the LA riots. Lighting up the blocks around him, Lee could smell the fires burning in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. “Where are the police? Where are the police?” Lee whispered over and over from his rooftop perch. Lee would not see law enforcement for three days — only […]

  • Drugged driving surpasses drunken driving among drivers killed in crashes, report finds

    Driving under the influence of drugs was deadlier in 2015 than driving while drunk, a new report found. Still, some safety experts caution that drunken driving remains a bigger problem and say that drugged driving needs more research. Positive drug tests were more common than the presence of alcohol among the fatally injured drivers who were tested in 2015, according to the report released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a nonprofit […]

  • Student posts a photo of classmates on Craigslist and labels it ‘slaves for sale’

    FLORIDA – A high school student in Florida has been suspended after taking a photo of two female classmates without their knowledge and posting it as an ad on Craigslist with the title: “two slaves for sale.” The ad posted Wednesday referred to the high school students as “slavegals” in “good condition.” It listed a sale price of $470. The Craigslist post has since been removed from the classifieds site. Skye Fefee, one of the girls in the photo, said […]

  • Executed inmate’s convulsions put new spotlight on midazolam

    ARKANSAS – A lawyer for an executed Arkansas inmate called for an investigation over reports that his client convulsed during the lethal-injection process — casting fresh questions about a sedative that critics say has led to botched executions. Williams, a convicted murderer, was executed Thursday night, one of four Arkansas inmates put to death in eight days. They and death row inmates nationwide had challenged executioners’ relatively recent use of the sedative midazolam — a drug that some states started […]

  • Key deposition excerpt can be used as evidence in Cosby trial, judge rules

    A Pennsylvania judge ruled that an excerpt of a key deposition from 2005 — in which Bill Cosby discusses using Quaaludes — can be used as evidence in his upcoming trial. The judge also ruled that an excerpt from one of Cosby’s nonfiction books discussing a drug known as “Spanish Fly” cannot be used as evidence. Cosby faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. […]

  • Cops: Teacher told girl to kill herself, forced other kids to bully her

    LOUISIANA – The 11-year-old girl was relentlessly bullied. And the culprit, police say, were her teachers. One of them told the girl to “go kill herself” and threatened to fail other students if they didn’t fight the girl, police said. And when that teacher was removed from the classroom, a second teacher allegedly kept up the abuse. The two Louisiana teachers, Ann Marie Shelvin and Tracy Gallow, now face criminal charges. Forced fights St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said […]

  • Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in 8 days

    ARKANSAS – Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days, ending a frantic schedule as the state’s supply of a sedative it uses in lethal injections expires at the end of April. Kenneth Williams, 38, initially was sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of Dominique Hurd, a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison in 1999 and killed Cecil Boren. Boren’s daughter, Jodie Efird, watched Thursday night’s execution from the […]

  • Tad Cummins told wife he slept with teen, she says

    The wife of the former Tennessee teacher accused of running off with a 15-year-old student says she knew the answer but asked anyway. “I said, ‘Did you sleep with her?’ ” Jill Cummins said in an interview with “Inside Edition,” describing a jailhouse phone conversation with her husband. “Yes, I did,” Tad Cummins replied, according to his wife, who has filed for divorce. “I didn’t want any details,” she told “Inside Edition” in an interview that aired Thursday. “But I […]